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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Debt: How much is too much?
« on: March 10, 2007, 06:34:13 PM »
I think I'm missing something. Thus far, I haven't worried much about loans. But, everyone else seems to be.

I'll need to take out about 60k in loans since, thus far, no one is giving me any money. Assuming that interest is around 7%, and the repayment term is 10 years, my monthly payments would be about $700, i.e. a car payment. The loan calculators suggest that I'd need a salary of 83k to comfortably pay it back.

I don't think it's unreasonable to think I'll make that much my first year out of school. I make more than that now. So, 10 years and my debt is paid off. Is there some major issue I'm missing here? I see so much worry about student loan debt that I feel like I must be missing something.

You and I must drive vastly different vehicles...heh.

Do you have any links to loan calculators?  I'm really struggling with these money decisions right now.

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Law School Admissions / Re: WUSTL
« on: March 10, 2007, 05:41:45 PM »
If they haven't offered me $$$ by now its safe to assume they never will, right?

I'm in StL right now...visited campus and talked to the dean of admissions today.  A meeting of the scholarship committee was set for this afternoon, so you may hear something soon.  It looks like the big bucks may have been doled out, though..  :-\

Tell us your impressions about the schools please  :)

I was quite impressed.  The campus is gorgeous, though there is a bit of construction going on (not always a bad thing).  One thing I really liked about the buildings is that they all seemed to follow the same architectural style, so you don't have a bunch of buildings you can look at and date by decade (i.e. ND, which is stll quite pretty).  The law school is housed in a great building as well.

The admissions staff was amazingly friendly and eager to answer all my questions.  I sat in on a crim law class, which was great because I realized that A) I would find law school interesting and B) the socratic method was not so scary.  I took a tour with a 3L who, not surprisingly, had a lot of great things to say about the school.  The students and profs I met were incredibly gracious and had wonderful things to say about the school.  It really seems like the school is going nowhere but up.  I left with a great feeling about it.  I would say that if money were not an object, I would have handed them a deposit check.  As such, it's my top choice, but also my most expensive.


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Law School Admissions / Re: WUSTL
« on: March 08, 2007, 09:22:10 PM »
If they haven't offered me $$$ by now its safe to assume they never will, right?

I'm in StL right now...visited campus and talked to the dean of admissions today.  A meeting of the scholarship committee was set for this afternoon, so you may hear something soon.  It looks like the big bucks may have been doled out, though..  :-\

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 08, 2007, 09:20:42 PM »
I just released my full ride at UTK two days ago, so hopefully one of y'all will get it!   ;D  I got the same deal at Alabama and it was a hard decision, but I like UA slightly better.

I got a full ride, I just didn't get any fancy named scholrship...haha.

I didn' get an offer, but I did get a letter from a professor telling me how cool UT is.  Do you guys think this means they aren't offering me anything? That's kind of sad. 

Also, I'm going to Gonzaga's Open House on the 31st so I can't go to UT for one day, especially if they're expecting me to pay for all of law school by myself. I'm too poor for that lol.

I know you'e out west somewhere, but are you a TN resident?  I don't know specifics for UTK, but state schools tend to be pretty stingy about giving out money to non-residents.  Even so, you'd think they'd offer something.  I guess you're pretty set on the pacific NW, though?

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 06, 2007, 03:11:55 PM »
Haha, if I am the primary recipient, I will sell you the rights to the scholarship for a mere 5K (or best offer). 

Turns out I don't need it.  I e-mailed today and found out that I received a full ride, with no name, but I'm also the alternate recipient of a scholarship with a name.

It won't change anything if you sell me your scholarship...heh.

This is good though.  I'm really a little worried about paying for this whole thing, so maybe UTK will be where I end up.

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 05, 2007, 09:17:13 PM »
Confusing?  What did it say?

Paragraph 1: We are pleased to offer you a scholarship!

Paragraph 2: We want to let you know that you're an alternate recipient of XX scholarship.  If the recipient fails to enroll, you will recieve the award.

blah blah

Enclosure: Full tuition scholarship guidelines...and how to accept said full tuition scholarship

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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: UTK - Tennessee
« on: March 05, 2007, 01:07:49 PM »
Finally, some movement on the Scholarship front out of Knoxville.

I think I got a full ride, but the letter is confusing.

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Law School Admissions / Re: WUSTL
« on: March 03, 2007, 02:18:33 PM »
Still nothing.  I guess they don't want me that bad.

I sent an e-mail last week that they never responded to, which is a little upsetting.

I'm visiting this week, though, so I'll see if I can talk to them.

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Law School Admissions / Re: 166-> 172 what do i do now?!
« on: March 02, 2007, 08:59:16 PM »
So here's my dilemma-

I just got my Feb LSAT score back, and it was an unbelievable 172.  My previous LSAT (Sep '06) was a 166, when I was sick with the flu.  Before this LSAT came out, I had been rejected by Harvard, Yale, Boalt and UChicago, and waitlisted at Duke, Georgetown and UMichigan.  What should I do?  Should I reapply next year, or should I send out letters to the schools I was rejected from and see if they would reconsider my application?

You can give it a try, for sure.  It's not like they'll make fun of you or anything.

At least I don't think they will.

Anyway, I think you should be very inebriated tonight to celebrate...you really can't do much until Monday anyway  :)

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Law School Admissions / Re: W&L asks me to withdraw
« on: March 02, 2007, 08:56:53 PM »
U of A was so nice about my withdrawal! Nice people there.

They have to be - they're the only redeeming quality of Tucson.



You must grab him by his horns!

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